Points To Ponder

I was 22 and my wife was 21 when we got married. A year later, our first son was born. Four years later our second son was born. For most of our marriage, we’ve had kids in the house.

But now…25 years later we find ourselves in a new season of life. We’re empty nesters.

It’s a lot quieter around our house. The wonderful sounds that accompany the world of kids have faded away.

I once heard of a couple that had a grandfather clock. Soon after becoming empty nesters, they sold it. The constant ticking…which they never noticed when they had kids at home…now echoed through the rooms and annoyed them.

We tend to hate the sin in others much more than we hate the sin in our own lives. In our pride, we tend to judge the motives of others much more than we question our own. We are often much more frustrated with others than we are with ourselves, much less patient with the growth in someone else than in our own sanctification.

A sense of spiritual superiority can be a good indication that I am growing cold toward Him. A growing sense of angst toward others combined with a growing sense of smug satisfaction with my own goodness is a good indication that my heart, once again, needs to “see the King, the Lord of Hosts” (Isaiah 6:5).

When we grasp the Lord’s holiness, we are broken for the sin in our own lives. When we turn our hearts to the Lord, we see the planks in our own eyes before the specks in everyone else’s.

I just finished preaching a series over the Genesis 1-12. In the last chapter — Genesis 12 — we encountered Abram (Abraham). He is a great example of someone who had to trust that God would use him.

Love this tweet from Tim LaFleur!

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